Witness the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony this 2016 at the Rockefeller Center on Wednesday, November 30. The lighting ceremony will start by 7pm on Wednesday, and the beautiful tree will continue to be lit until 9pm on January 7.
Watching the event is free and the limited space will only accommodate those who come early. Spot a place at the Channel Gardens together with your family, friends.
People who will be gathering to witness the Lighting Ceremony will get to see exciting live performances. According to Time Out, some of the stars who will be gracing the stage include Neil Diamond, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Kelly, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Dolly Parton, Tony Bennett, Josh Groban, Jordan Smith, and the Radio City Rockettes.
Surprise guest appearances of celebrities can also be expected. The event will be hosted by Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, and Hoda Kotb.
Apart from watching it live at Rockefeller, NBC offers a live streaming of the event from those who want to watch at the comfort of their home. You can also chance the lighting while skating the rink. It can only accommodate 150 people at a time so purchase a ticket early. Check out their available reservations here.
The tree is a 94-foot Spruce tree that was cut down from Oneonta, New York, according to NBC4. It will be donated after January 7 to Habitat for Humanity for the wood to be milled which will provide lumber for houses.
The tree will be lighted by more than 50,000 lights and is decorated by a Swarovski star at the top. Attendees can evem score a free hot chocolate while waiting for the lighting ceremony. Ocean Prime, located at the Midtown West restaurant of 123 West 52nd Street, will be giving 'gratis cups of cocoa along with sweet accoutrements, including marshmallows, peppermint candy and cinnamon sticks' from 3pm to 10pm, according to Time Out.
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